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Horse Racing: Aidenldrebin’s Horses To Follow 2014 Flat Season

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Horses To Follow 2014 Flat Season

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***** Considerable improvement expected, strongly recommended to follow
**** Above average improvement expected, definitely worth following
*** Improvement expected, worth following

OLDER HORSES

ABSOLUTELY SO (4 b c Acclamation – Week End) *****
Form: 31/1– Trainer: Andrew Balding Owner: Jackie & George Smith

Coasted into the lead before tiring late in a soft-ground 6.5f maiden at Newbury on debut in October 2012, but made no mistake when landing a 6f maiden at Lingfield a month later (again travelled well), value for further than the eventual 1¼-length margin of victory suggests, idling once hitting the front. His only outing last year came in a 6f handicap back at Lingfield in December (11/4 favourite), squeezed out early and towards the rear as a result, pushed along over two furlongs out and making good progress approaching the final furlong, staying on well to lead close home and score by a neck from Palace Moon. It was a performance that confirmed this colt a sprinter of immense potential, overcoming a 13-month absence, relative inexperience and being hampered early to cut back the deficit late on; won’t take long in making up for lost time this season, with the Wokingham Handicap appealing as a plausible medium-term target and pattern-class races by no means an outlandish longer-term ambition.

ARAB SPRING (4 b c Monsun – Spring Symphony) *****
Form: 2- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Ballymacoll Stud

Half brother to high-class UK/Australian 7-11f winner (including at Group 1 level) Glass Harmonium and two other winners, out of a full sister to Great Voltigeur winner Hard Top and a three-parts sister to 2008 St Leger winner/top-class middle distance performer Conduit. He made his debut outing in a well-contested 10f maiden at Newmarket last May (12/1 chance), taking a keen hold in rear and ridden when switched left over two furlongs out, staying on well throughout the final furlong to take second close home behind Elkaayed (beaten 2½ lengths). That remains this colt’s only outing to date (solid form), despite holding an entry in the Great Voltigeur Stakes last summer, presumably meeting with a training setback of some description; remains with big potential for the season ahead, however, and is bred to shine over middle distances.

BRASS RING (4 b g Rail Link – Moraine) *****
Form: 511- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Khalid Abdullah

This nicely-bred gelding caught the eye when a staying on fifth in a 10f maiden at Nottingham on debut last April, and he duly got off the mark at the second time of asking when seeing off a pair of useful subsequent winners (including from a mark of 91 in a handicap) in a 12f maiden at Haydock one week later. He followed up in a 12f handicap at Newmarket a month later, ridden to lead two furlongs out and, despite hanging left approaching the final furlong, staying on strongly to score by 2¾ lengths from Renew. The runner-up went on to score at Listed level while the third subsequently showed smart form in good handicaps, and this gelding readily accounted for the pair of them; reportedly met with a setback not long after, but it would be somewhat surprising were this son of Rail Link unable to resume his progress when returning this term from a mark of 90; ought to stay further than 12f.

HAMELIN (4 b c Cape Cross – Love Divine) *****
Form: 7511- Trainer: Lady Cecil Owner: Lordship Stud

Full brother to Group 2-placed 10f 3yo winner Native Ruler and a half brother to 2006 St Leger winner Sixties Icon, out of an Oaks winner. Shaped better than the end result in maidens at Newbury (11f) and Goodwood (12f) in the spring of last year, and he opened his account in smooth fashion on his return to action in a 12f maiden at Kempton in September. He impressed again when landing a 12f handicap at Leicester from a mark of 85 the following month, racing in mid-division on the outer (not settle fully) and ridden to lead approaching the final furlong, staying on well to see off Ice Pie by 1½ lengths. It’s highly unlikely a 6lbs rise for that success will halt his progress as far as handicaps are concerned, and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this well-bred colt develop into a pattern-class performer in the longer term; should find 1m 6f within his compass.

KINDU (4 b f Pivotal – Kithanga) ****
Form: 1– Trainer: Luca Cumani Owner: Fittocks Stud

Half sister to eight winners, most notably 2001 St Leger winner/high-class middle distance performer Milan, Group 2/3-placed 7f 2yo winner Go For Gold and Listed-placed 10-14f 3yo winner Kahara. This well-bred filly’s belated debut outing came in a 1m 3f maiden at Kempton last November (16/1 chance), travelling smoothly behind the leaders and shaken up to lead inside the final two furlongs, forging clear entering the final furlong to see off Freedom Light by 4 lengths. It wouldn’t have been the strongest of maidens, but the manner in which this daughter of Pivotal travelled and put a seal on matters was most impressive; bred to be smart and in excellent hands, it would come as no surprise to see this filly develop into a very useful middle distance performer in 2014.

MARTIAN (4 b g Duke Of Marmalade – Starship) ****
Form: 511- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: The Starship Partnership

Half brother to Irish 10f Group 3 winner Alexander Pope who caught the eye on debut in a 10f maiden at Doncaster last August, off the bridle sooner than most but staying on well throughout the final furlong to take fifth behind Groundbreaking (beaten 5½ lengths). He built on that debut promise to land a well-contested 10f maiden at Goodwood in ready fashion a few weeks later, and had any amount in hand when following up in a 10f handicap at Yarmouth the following month, brought with a steady challenge from the three furlong marker and merely nudged out to score by half a length from Mystery Bet. He looks the sort to make up into a smart handicapper this season, with a 5lbs rise for his latest success looking lenient in the extreme; ideal candidate for one of the big summer prizes such as John Smith’s Cup at York, in which his trainer saddled a 1-2 last year.

MIGHTY YAR (4 gr c Teofilo – Karaliyfa) ****
Form: 1/1- Trainer: Lady Cecil Owner: Tony Evans

This colt made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Lingfield in November 2012, caught wide and showing clear signs of greenness throughout but getting his act together inside the final furlong, finishing off strongly to get up close home to deny Soaring Spirits by half a length. He maintained his unbeaten record in taking fashion when landing a 10f handicap at Sandown last July, given a very patient ride and still having plenty to do at the top of the straight, ridden and making striking progress down the outer from the two furlong marker, leading entering the final furlong and forging clear inside the final 100 yards to score by 3¾ lengths from Leitrim Pass. That proved to be his only outing of the season, but he is massive horse who will only thrive physically with time, while it’s highly unlikely a 12lbs rise for that Sandown success will prevent further progress in handicaps; sure to stay further than 10f.

MUTASHADED (4 b c Raven’s Pass – Sortita) *****
Form: 1/13- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

From a fine German family and made the perfect start to his career when landing a heavy-ground 1m maiden at Yarmouth in October 2012, and he followed up in good style when coming with a strong and sustained challenge down the outer to land a 10f handicap at Sandown the following May. He maintained his race-to-race improvement with a fine third behind Hillstar in the 12f Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot a month later, his inexperience evident as he came off the bridle sooner than most, but he stuck to the task well to get to within 3¼ lengths of the winner. That proved to be his final outing of the season, one of several in the stable laid low by a bug in the summer, but he always appealed as the type to do better still at four anyway; no surprise to see him make the breakthrough at Group level this term, with a race such as the Hardwicke Stakes appealing as a realistic medium-term target; almost certain to stay further than 12f.

RETIREMENT PLAN (4 b/br c Monsun – Passage Of Time) *****
Form: 011- Trainer: Lady Cecil Owner: Khalid Abdullah

First foal of a high-class 7-10f winner (including at Group 1 level at two) who was a full sister to King Edward VII Stakes winner Father Time and a half sister to Falmouth Stakes winner Timepiece. Never involved debut in a warm 10f maiden at Newbury last May won by Remote, he improved markedly on that to land a 12f maiden at Doncaster the following month, close up and pushed into the lead at the three furlong marker, ridden soon after and keeping on well to score by 2 lengths from Shwaiman. He confirmed himself a colt of real potential when landing an 11f handicap at Glorious Goodwood six weeks later, prominent and ridden to lead two furlongs out, challenged soon after but responding kindly for pressure to forge clear inside the final furlong and run out a 3-length winner from Goodwood Mirage. This son of Monsun comes from a late-maturing family and his best days doubtless lay ahead of him, with what little form he boasts working out particularly well; not hard to envisage him making up into a Group-class performer at some stage, with 1m 6f likely to prove within reach.

SIR WALTER SCOTT (4 b c Galileo – Flamingo Sea) *****
Form: 1/2- Trainer: Luca Cumani Owner: OTI Racing

Three-parts brother to Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire (by Montjeu) and a half brother to two other winners, out of a winning half sister to German Oaks winner Flamingo Road. This colt created a good impression when landing a 7f minor event at Dundalk on his only start at two, and he lost little caste in defeat on his return to action in a 12f Listed contest at the Curragh some 13 months later (travelled well), short of room briefly with over a furlong left to run but sticking on well to regain second close home behind stablemate Heirloom. He’s clearly not been the most straightforward of horses to train, but this son of Galileo has already shown a very useful level of form from a limited amount of opportunities; has joined a top stable (previously trained by Aidan O’Brien) that excels with older horses, and it would come as no surprise to see this colt make up into a high-class middle distance stayer in 2014.

THREE-YEAR-OLDS

PATTERN CLASS

BAAREZ (ch c Hard Spun – Sortita) ****
Form: 21- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half brother to connections’ Group 2-placed 8-10f 3yo winner Mutashaded out of a useful dual 10f 3yo winning half sister to German Derby winners Samum and Schiaperelli (also won the Goodwood Cup) and German Oaks winner Salve Regina. This colt really ought to have made a winning debut in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last September (11/4 chance), hanging badly left upon hitting the front over a furlong out and one paced once straightened up, having to settle for second place behind Mitraad. He made amends when going one better in a 7f maiden at Haydock the following month (1/2 favourite, fitted with a hood), close up and travelling well for the most part, ridden to lead approaching the final and keeping on well to score by 2 lengths from Rogue Wave. He did it well in the end under conditions that were fairly taxing for two-year-olds, seeing off a reasonable yardstick in good style; bred to excel at distances in excess of 1m, this well-bred colt is open to above-average improvement in 2014.

BALANSIYA (b f Shamardal – Baliyana) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Dermot Weld Owner: H H Aga Khan

First foal of a 1m 3yo Group 3 winner who was closely related to the dam of US 10f Grade 1 winner Bayrir and a half sister to King Edward VII Stakes winner Balakheri. This filly made a lasting impression when making a winning start to her career in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown last November (11/4 joint-favourite), close up and travelling powerfully in a slowly-run race, taking over two furlongs out and soon quickening clear, eased close home to record a hugely impressive 7-length victory over Upper Silesian. It was a visually taking debut display from this well-related daughter of Shamardal, admittedly well placed and knowing her job but sealing matters in the style of a top-class prospect; will stay at the very least 1m, hailing from an excellent middle distance family.

EBANORAN (b c Oasis Dream – Ebadiyla) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: John Oxx Owner: H H Aga Khan

Three-parts brother to Hong Kong 1m 1f Group 3 winner Eyshal (by Green Desert) and a half brother to a handful of winners, out of an Irish Oaks winning half sister to Ascot Gold Cup winners Enzeli and Estimate. This well-bred colt made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at the Curragh last October (7/2 chance), tracking the leaders until moving smoothly to the head of affairs over a furlong out, idling and hard pressed inside the final furlong but always doing enough to repel the challenge of Table Rock, scoring by a head. The end result understated his superiority to a large extent, travelling well and showing a smart turn of foot to lead but idling once in front; pedigree a mixture of speed and stamina, seemingly inheriting a fair amount of the former from his sire; therefore, it would come as no surprise to see his early-season campaign geared towards a 2000 Guineas trial of some description.

ERTIJAAL (b c Oasis Dream – Shabiba) ****
Form: 21- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half brother to Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Odooj out of a smart 6f-1m winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to Group 3/Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Darajaat. This nicely-bred colt shaped extremely well on debut in a 6f maiden at Leicester last May (5/2 joint-favourite), midfield and not getting the clearest of runs over a furlong out, drawing clear with eventual winner and subsequent high-class performer Toormore inside the final furlong but having to settle for a neck second (pair 7 lengths clear). He effortlessly landed the odds in a four-runner 6f maiden at Yarmouth the following month (1/4 favourite), making all and coasting along out in front, quickening clear over a furlong out and going on to record a very impressive 6-length victory over Exceeder. Injury prevented him from making it to the track again in 2013, missing out on targets such as the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes; remains an exciting prospect for the season ahead, though, and ought to stay at least another furlong.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER (b c Montjeu – Helsinki) *****
Form: 11- Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Owner: Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Half brother to top-class 2yo/miler/French Derby winner Shamardal who justified odds of 2/7 to land a three-runner 1m maiden at Leopardstown last July, dictating matters and always just doing enough to hold off the late challenge of Tarfasha. He still looked rough around the edges when winning the 1m Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh some three months later (4/7 market leader), waited with until making progress two furlongs out, quickening to lead approaching the final furlong and staying on well to run out a commanding 1¼-length winner from stablemate Oklahoma City. His form ties in closely with Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill on a line through the second and third in the Beresford, but most exciting of all is the fact he’s bred to excel with time/distance and for all his stable houses current Derby favourite Australia, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this colt take high rank among the Classic generation this season.

I’M YOURS (b f Invincible Spirit – Rebelline) ****
Form: 21- Trainer: Dermot Weld Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm

Closely related to smart triple 1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level)/Irish Derby runner-up Recharge (by Cape Cross) out of a 10f Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup winner. Shaped with ample promise on debut in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Navan last October, tanking along for the most part and taking over on the bit two furlongs out, challenged approaching the final furlong and headed close home by the fast-finishing Marvellous. She duly went one better when 1/2 market leader for a 7f fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown a couple of weeks later (testing conditions), travelling sweetly once again and only having to be pushed out to score by 2¼ lengths. The manner in which she has travelled on both outings to date marks her down as a smart prospect, one of several from this stable for the season ahead; should stay further than 1m in time, but no surprise to see her aimed at one of the 1000 Guineas trials in Ireland this coming spring.

LIGHTNING SPEAR (ch c Pivotal – Atlantic Destiny) ****
Form: 1– Trainer: Ralph Beckett Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

Half brother to 10f 3yo Listed winner Ocean War and Listed-placed 10f 3yo winner Seaway, out of a 6f 2yo Listed winner. This 260,000gns purchase made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at Kempton last August (popular 11/4 chance), tracking the leaders and keen early, ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong and quickening to lead inside the final 100 yards, seeing off the fast-finishing Alpine Retreat by ¾-length. The form is solid enough and he clocked a good time, all the while creating a good visual impression; ought to have no problem with stepping up another furlong in trip, and no surprise to see this colt make the breakthrough at pattern level this season.

MY TITANIA (ch f Sea The Stars – Fairy Of The Night) *****
Form: 211- Trainer: John Oxx Owner: Christopher Tsui

Half sister to Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner Aneedah out of a Listed winning half sister to high-class Irish/US middle distance performer Dress Rehearsal. This filly built on a promising debut effort to land a 7f fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown last September, travelling strongly close up and quickening clear from over a furlong out, keeping on well to score by 2¼ lengths from Afternoon Sunlight (good time). She took the step up to Group 3 company in her stride when landing the 7f Park Stakes at the Curragh three weeks later, travelling powerfully once again but tending to idle upon hitting the front on this occasion, always doing enough to repel the challenge of Chicago Girl to score by half a length. Her two victories came at a time when the stable were struggling for winners, travelling like one potentially out of the top drawer on both occasions; will have no trouble staying another furlong this year, bringing into play something such as the 1000 Guineas as a credible early-season target; reportedly needs a sound surface.

PATENTAR (b c Teofilo – Poppets Sweetlove) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Marco Botti Owner: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar

Half brother to 5f 2yo winner Lady Poppy out of a 7f-1m winner who was half sister to high-class sprinter Overdose and French Listed-placed 6-6.5f winner Poppet’s Treasure. This 220,000gns purchase made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at York last October (3/1 chance), travelling well in midfield and ridden to lead over a furlong out, showing clear signs of greenness out in front but finishing off strongly to win going away by 2¾ lengths. The fact this colt was able to make a winning debut was to his credit, very green off the bridle initially but proving strong at the line; sure to progress as he gains experience, and likely to find another furlong within his stamina range.

PINZOLO (b c Monsun – Pongee) ****
Form: 110- Trainer: Charlie Appleby Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner Poplin and two other winners, out of a high-class middle distance performer from the family of Alexandrova and Chicquita. This colt made an impressive winning debut in a 1m maiden at Newmarket (July) last August won by Motivator and Frankel in recent times, staying on strongly to see off the useful Sudden Wonder by 1½ lengths. He followed up in the Haynes, Hanson & Clark conditions race (1m) at Newbury a month later, slightly outpaced before halfway and then short of room with over a furlong left to run, switched right entering the final furlong and staying on strongly to overhaul Red Galileo close home, scoring by a head. However, he proved a major disappointment on his final outing of 2013, beating just one rival home in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, fading rapidly having made a forward move over two furlongs out. The best of this colt is very much yet to come judged on pedigree, bred to excel over middle distances; certainly not one to give up on, and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he could develop into a Leger horse this year.

POSTPONED (b c Dubawi – Ever Rigg) ****
Form: 512- Trainer: Luca Cumani Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Second foal of a 12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to Listed-placed 13f 3yo winner Bite Of The Cherry and Listed-placed 7f 2yo winner Pietra Dura (later dam of US 10f Grade 3 winner Turning Top). This 360,000gns purchase shaped well on debut behind True Story in a good 7f maiden at Newmarket’s July meeting, and he duly came good at the second time of asking when landing a 7f maiden at Yarmouth in September (5/6 favourite), still exhibiting signs of greenness but well on top at the line. He acquitted himself with real credit in defeat behind subsequent Autumn Stakes runner-up Oklahoma City in a valuable sales race (7f) at Newmarket next time out, taking a while to hit full flow (short of room briefly) but finishing off strongly inside the final furlong. That he achieved so much in his first season over an inadequate trip augurs well for this attractive colt, who is almost certain to want middle distances in the long run; the valuable sales contest (10f) at the Craven meeting in April appeals as a logical starting point this term, but there’s a good chance he’ll make his presence felt at an even higher level before long.

QUEEN’S PRIZE (b f Dansili – Daring Aim) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: The Queen

Half sister to very useful 10-12f winners Bold Sniper and Highland Glen and two other winners, out of a 12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to connections’ Oaks runner-up Flight Of Fancy. This well-bred filly made the perfect start to her career when landing a 7f maiden at Kempton last September (9/1 chance), in rear and pushed along over two furlongs out, making headway approaching the final furlong and finishing off strongly to get up close home and deny Mia San Triple by a length. It was a smart performance on debut from this daughter of Dansili, not least because of her position turning in and the fact she is bred to want a fair bit further than 7f; scope for considerable improvement in 2014, and not out of the question that she could progress into an Oaks filly.

SCOTLAND (b c Monsun – Sqillo) *****
Form: 31- Trainer: Andrew Balding Owner: Fitri Hay

First foal of a maiden half sister to the dam of Shirocco who shaped well on debut in a heavy-ground 1m maiden at Sandown last September, travelling well and making good progress to challenge two furlongs out but unable to sustain his effort fully, having to settle for third place behind Windshear. He showed the benefit of that experience when landing a 1m 1f conditions contest at Epsom the following month (9/2 chance), waited with and making smooth progress down the outer from the three furlong marker, edging left as he delivered his challenge but staying on much the best to see off Day Of Conquest by 2½ lengths. The manner in which this colt dispatched a quartet of previous winners last time bodes extremely well for the future, and it’s no bad thing that he has familiarised himself with the unique test Epsom Downs provides given his Derby aspirations; excellent middle distance prospect.

SEA DEFENCE (gr c Mizzen Mast – Palisade) *****
Form: 51- Trainer: Roger Charlton Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Full brother to US 6.5f-1m Grade 3 winner Jibboom and a half brother to useful 7f-1m winner Self Evident, out of a 7f-1m winner who was a half sister to the dam of Aviate. This colt caught the eye when an unlucky-in-running fifth behind Pearl Spectre in a 7f maiden at Kempton last October, and he duly built on that debut promise to land a 7f maiden at Newmarket the following month (5/4 favourite), travelling fluently close up and only having to be ridden out to score by 1½ lengths from Think Ahead (pair 10 lengths clear). That he was able to win at all at two is a laudable achievement in itself, a most imposing sort physically, and while an initial mark of 82 will likely see this colt begin 2014 in handicaps, absolutely no surprise to see him end the year competing at pattern level; will stay 1m.

SEAGULL STAR (b c Sea The Stars – Dash To The Top) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Tony Bloom

Half brother to Group 3-placed 6f 2yo AW winner Dynasty and 7f 2yo AW winner Deep South, out of a smart 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to 11f Listed winner Dash To The Front. This colt’s sole outing at two came in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last October (22/1 chance), travelling powerfully in midfield and making smooth progress into contention two furlongs out, still on the bridle entering the final furlong, shaken up and asserting readily once meeting the rising ground to run out an impressive 1¼-length winner from Rasameel. It was a stylish debut display from this well-connected son of Sea The Stars, doing it all very easily against some promising types (not at all wise to take his beating of subsequent Racing Post Trophy runner-up Johann Strauss literally given the way that one was ridden on the day); bred to stay middle distances, it would come as no surprise to see this colt contest one of the recognised Derby trials this spring.

SHAMKALA (b f Pivotal – Shamakiya) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Alain de Royer-Dupre Owner: H H Aga Khan

First foal of a French Group 2/3-placed 12f Listed winner who was a half sister to very smart 12f-15.5f winner (including at Group 1 level in Italy) Shamdala and Group 3-placed 12-15f winner (including at Listed level) Shamanova. Her only start to date came in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Chantilly last October (19/10 market leader), held up in midfield until switched left two furlongs out and making sustained headway down the outer, leading inside the final 75 yards to score by half a length from stablemate She Loves You. The third (runner-up at Listed level next time out), fourth and fifth have all franked the form since, and this daughter of Pivotal’s pedigree firmly suggests she will only come into her own once tackling middle distances; scope for considerable improvement in 2014.

SINNAMARY (b f Galileo – Prudenzia) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Mikel Delzangles Owner: Marquesa De Moratalla

Closely related to 2013 Irish Oaks winner Chicquita (by Montjeu) out of a French 11f 3yo Listed winner who was a half sister to French 1m 7f Group 3 winner Pacifique. This €1,100,000 purchase made a successful start to her career in a 1m 1f fillies’ maiden at Longchamp last October (12/5 chance), held up in rear and making good progress down the outer with over a furlong left to run, pushed into the lead inside the final 150 yards and running out a very comfortable 1¾ lengths winner. It was a slowly-run affair and it’s hard to know exactly what the form is worth (runner-up and fourth already beaten since), but this well-bred filly could hardly have been more impressive in how she went about things, easing her way to the head of affairs and winning with plenty to spare; bred to excel over middle distances, the best is very much to come from this daughter of Galileo.

TAGHROODA (b f Sea The Stars – Ezima) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Second foal of a 12-14f Listed winner who was out of an unraced half sister to the dam of Irish Oaks winner Ebadiyla, Ascot Gold Cup winners Enzeli and Estimate and Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Edabiya. This stoutly-bred filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September (20/1 chance), waited with towards the rear until making smooth progress from the two furlong marker, ridden to lead entering the final furlong and keeping on well to fend off the challenge of Casual Smile, scoring by a neck. That this filly was able to win first time out at all is noteworthy, unfancied in the market beforehand and repelling the challenge of a more experienced rival boasting useful form in the race itself; sure to do better still once faced with a stiffer test of stamina this year, looking every inch an Oaks prospect.

TRUE STORY (b/br c Manduro – Tanzania) ****
Form: 21- Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to useful 9-10f winner Serengeti out of an unraced half sister to 10f 3yo Listed winner Roscius who was herself the granddaughter of Oh So Sharp. This colt shaped with plenty of promise on debut in a 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) last June (3/1 chance), slowly away and towards the rear until making headway two furlongs out, keeping on well inside the final furlong without proving a match for subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip (beaten 1½ lengths). He duly went one better in a maiden over the same course and distance the following month (even-money favourite), ridden two furlongs out and making good progress to lead approaching the final furlong, powering clear as he met the rising ground to run out an ultimately impressive 3¾ lengths winner. This son of Manduro’s pedigree suggests the best of him will not be seen until tackling middle distances this season, so that he was able to achieve as much as he did at two over 7f is very much a positive; good prospect.

WESTERN HYMN (b c High Chaparral – Blue Rhapsody) *****
Form: 1– Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Robin Geffen & Rachel Hood

Half brother to 1m 2yo AW winner Blue Nova out of a 7f 2yo AW winner who was a half sister to very smart UK/US 6-9.5f winner (including Grade/Group 3/Listed level) Fantasia and Irish 12f Group 3 winner Pink Symphony. This well-related colt created a big impression when running away with a 1m maiden at Kempton on debut last December (6/1 chance), waited with until pulled out and shaken up with over a furlong left to run, making striking progress down the outer to lead entering the final furlong, forging clear to run out an emphatic 2¾ lengths winner from Be My Gal. He could hardly have made a greater impact on debut, travelling powerfully under a confident ride and fairly charging clear once given the office; middle distances will suit this season and potentially very smart.

MAIDENS

AL SENAD (ch c Exceed And Excel – Waafiah) ***
Form: 3- Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam Owner: Ziad Al Galadari

Half brother to smart 6-7f winner (including at Listed level) Telwaar, useful triple 1m winner Jaser and two other winners, out of a maiden daughter of a Prix Morny winner. This colt made his debut outing in a 6f maiden at Yarmouth last October (11/4 chance), held up in touch and moving closer two furlongs out, switched left entering the final furlong and staying on nicely to take third behind Wednaan (beaten 2½ lengths). It was a promising first run from this nicely-bred son of Exceed And Excel, short of room just as things were taking shape and having more to give at the line, subjected to no more than a hands-and-heels ride; will improve, and should find 7f within range.

ALMUHALAB (b/br c Dansili – Ghanaati) ****
Form: 0- Trainer: Charlie Hills Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

First foal of a 1000 Guineas/Coronation Stakes winner who was a half sister to Group 1-placed 8-12f winner (including at Group 3 level) Mawatheeq and 1m 1f 3yo Listed winner Rumoush out of a half sister to Nashwan, Nayef and Unfuwain. This impeccably-bred colt debuted in a 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) last August (well supported 5/2 chance), prominent and ridden over two furlongs out, holding every chance until fading markedly inside the final furlong, coming home 10th of 13 to Learaig (beaten 11 lengths). He shaped as though needing the run on fitness grounds more than anything, close up and going okay for two-thirds of the way before falling back through the field at the business end of matters; said to be both mentally and physically immature last year, there ought to be plenty of improvement forthcoming from this strapping colt in 2014; will stay at least 1m.

ANGELIC AIR (b f Oasis Dream – Innocent Air) *****
Form: 3- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Half sister to connections’ useful 12-14f 3yo winner Fledged out of a smart 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to smart French/US middle distance performer Skipping and to the dams of Prix Marcel Boussac winner Proportional and US 10f Grade 1 winner Folk Opera. Shaped well on debut when third of nine to Queen Of Ice in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last November (6/1 chance), slowly away and in rear, making progress over two furlongs out and challenging inside the final furlong until fading close home (beaten half a length). The ground she was forced to make up as a result of her slow start seemed to impact on her finishing effort, having travelled well in rear and made good progress to challenge; fact she debuted in the same race her handler has used as a launchpad for the careers of Dar Re Mi, Infallible and The Fugue perhaps telling, and significant improvement anticipated from this daughter of Oasis Dream in 2014; will want 1m+.

BATTERSEA (b c Galileo – Gino’s Spirits) ****
Form: 93- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah

Half brother to very smart middle distance performer Gitano Hernando and 11-14f 3yo winner Sizzler, out of a UK 10f Listed winner/US 1m Grade 3 winner. This 200,000gns purchase hinted at ability on debut when ninth of 13 to Seagull Star in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last October, and duly improved on that first effort when finishing third behind Fun Mac in a 10f maiden at Haydock 13 days later, close up and sticking to his task pleasingly for pressure (beaten 3¼ lengths). He showed a good attitude last time out on what was testing ground for two-year-olds, in the thick of things from the outset and responding all the way to the line (fared by far the best of those that raced prominently); gives the firm impression there will be even more to come once tackling 12f+.

BOY IN THE BAR (ch g Dutch Art – Lipsia) ***
Form: 6- Trainer: David Barron Owner: Stephen Rudolf

Second foal of a maiden half sister to useful 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) Lagudin and four other winners out of a Listed winning half sister to high-class triple 10f winner (including at Group 2 level) Two Timing. This gelding’s sole outing to date came in a 6f maiden at Haydock last September (unfancied 20/1 chance), soon well off the pace and detached by halfway, making progress under very tender handling from the two furlong marker and finishing off strongly inside the final furlong to take sixth behind True Comment (beaten 9½ lengths). He crossed the line with plenty of running left in him, at no stage knocked about despite trailing at the halfway stage; will do a lot better in due course, particularly once tackling 7f+.

BY JUPITER (ch f Sea The Stars – Maid Of Killeen) *****
Form: 06– Trainer: Michael Bell Owner: Lady Bamford

Half sister to Cheveley Park/Coronation Stakes winner Indian Ink, smart 11-13f 3yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Feel Like Dancing and three other winners, out of a Listed-placed 1m 1f 2yo winner. This well-bred filly shaped a bit better than the bare result when 11th of 14 to Taghrooda in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Newmarket in September, and she was noted putting in some good late work under considerate handling when sixth of 14 to Natural Choice in a similar event at Kempton a little over seven weeks later (beaten 6¾ lengths). She has offered encouragement on both outings so far over what was always going to prove an insufficient test, her pedigree geared towards middle distances; appeals strongly as the type to make significant improvement over 10f+ this term.

CARNEVALE (ch f New Approach – Festivale) ***
Form: 6– Trainer: Ralph Beckett Owner: Prince A A Faisal

Second foal of a smart 6f-1m winner (including at Listed level) who was a full sister to Group 3-placed 6f 2yo AW winner Simple Magic and closely related to Group 3/Listed-placed 6f-1m winner Tell. This filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Kempton last November (not unfancied 7/1 chance), slowly into stride and towards the rear, pushed along and making progress between the two and one furlong markers, more or less holding her position thereafter and not given anything like a hard time as she came home in sixth behind Kind Invitation (beaten 4¼ lengths). She ought to have gained plenty from that kind introduction, making a promising move over a furlong out but unable to sustain it fully; will progress as she gains experience and should stay 10f.

COUNTRY DRIVE (ch f Shirocco – Call Mariah) ****
Form: 5- Trainer: Ed Dunlop Owner: George Bolton

Half sister to Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Califante out of an unraced half sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Albertus Maximus who was herself out a half sister to very smart pair King Charlemagne and Meshaheer. This filly made her debut outing in a 6f fillies’ maiden at Newbury last August (20/1 chance), patiently ridden towards the rear and making smooth progress over two furlongs out, pushed along and staying on well inside the final furlong to take fifth behind Lightning Thunder (beaten 3¼ lengths). It’s fair to say this daughter of Shirocco was given an easy time of things on debut, held up and not asked for her effort in full until late on; not seen again since, but she remains one to follow going into her second season given the immense promise of that debut effort; will stay at least 7f (sire a stamina influence).

CRAFTY EXIT (gr c Mastercraftsman – Demerger) ***
Form: 7- Trainer: William Knight Owner: Brooks, Cavanagh, Tracey

Half brother to very smart multiple 5f winner (including twice at Group 1 level) Sole Power, French Listed-placed 5f 2yo winner Sotka and prolific 5-7f winner Cornus, out of an unraced half sister to useful dual 6f 3yo winner Como. This colt’s only outing at two came in a 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) last August (unconsidered 50/1 chance), slowly into stride and in rear, making headway when short of room between the two and one furlong markers, unable to get competitive thereafter as he came home in seventh behind Learaig (beaten 8 lengths). This son of Mastercraftsman didn’t get the chance to show what he was all about on debut, caught in behind runners as the race took shape and not knocked about in a lost cause; open to improvement; should stay 7f.

CURBYOURENTHUSIASM (gr g Mastercraftsman – Mohican Princess) ***
Form: 05– Trainer: David Simcock Owner: Malcolm Caine & Jonathan Barnett

Half brother to smart 6f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Satchem, Group 3-placed 1m-2m winner (including at Listed level) Eye Of The Storm, Group 2-placed 6f 2yo winner Oui Say Oui and three other winners, out of a once-raced maiden daughter of a 10f Listed winner. This gelding looked backward in a pair of 1m maidens at Kempton last autumn, making late progress after a slow start on debut and shaping in a similar fashion next time, albeit a lot more competitive, when beaten less than 6 lengths into fifth behind Cloudscape (met some trouble). This gelding’s pedigree and physique alone point to him doing a lot better this term, shaping on both outings to date as though a stiffer test of stamina was needed; capable of winning a maiden at the right sort of level, but more than likely that the bulk of his improvement will be reserved for middle distance handicaps.

DANJEU (b c Montjeu – Wanna) *****
Form: 7- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Waratah Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd

First foal of a 12f 3yo winner who was a full sister to very useful triple 1m 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Pirateer, closely related to Cheveley Park Stakes winner/1000 Guineas runner-up Wannabe Grand and a half sister to Listed winners Wannabe Better (1m) and Wannabe Posh (12f). This 725,000gns yearling made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last September (7/1 chance), slowly away and very green at the rear of the field, taking a while to get the message before staying on pleasingly inside the final furlong to come home seventh of 12 to Moontime (beaten 5¾ lengths). He is likely to prove a totally different proposition when next seen, simply too green to get competitive on debut; type to do a good deal better this season, especially over further (bred to stay at least 10f) and is almost certainly of above-average potential.

ELUSIVE GUEST (b c Elusive City – Mansoura) ****
Form: 4- Trainer: George Margarson Owner: John Guest Racing

Second foal of an unraced mare who was closely related to US 9-10f Grade 1 winner Manndar and a half sister to Italian 10f Listed winner Mandilak and to the dam of triple Group 1 winner (8-12f) Mandesha. This €190,000 purchase debuted in an extended 1m maiden at Windsor last October (not unfancied 4/1 chance), waited with in midfield and making progress on the outer over two furlongs out, holding every chance entering the final furlong but unable to sustain his effort all the way to the line as he came home in fourth behind Oasis Fantasy (beaten 1¼ lengths). This colt shaped as though the outing would bring him on all round, showing signs of inexperience from the outset and fading late on; sure to do a lot better at some stage, the distaff side of his pedigree suggesting he will stay further than 1m.

GANGES (b c Shamardal – Quantum) ****
Form: 55– Trainer: James Toller Owner: Patrick Dalby & Richard Schuster

Half brother to 10f 3yo winner Sinaadi out of a 10f 3yo winning half sister to very smart 2yo/Irish 2000 Guineas winner Power and Ribblesdale Stakes winner Thakafaat. He shaped really well when a staying on fifth behind Mitraad in a big-field 7f maiden at Newmarket on debut last September, but he appeared to find the same distance around Lingfield the following month much too sharp, outpaced in rear and never involved albeit making some late headway to take fifth behind Kafeel (beaten 8 lengths). This colt’s failure to improve on a promising debut effort is best forgiven, looking to find seven furlongs around Lingfield an inadequate test; much better to come once the emphasis is on stamina, likely to stay at least 10f.

HEHO (b f Dansili – Nitya) ***
Form: 8– Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Lady Rothschild

Full sister to dual 1m 3yo winner Pleasure Bent out of an unraced sister to very smart miler Domedriver and a half sister to smart 7-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Tau Ceti. This filly proved easy to back (8/1 chance) when eighth of 13 to Spiritual Flame in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Kempton last September, green in rear and pushed along soon after halfway, making some headway inside the final furlong (beaten 9¼ lengths). She can likely rate a good deal better than the bare form of her debut run in what was a useful maiden, bred to be smart and hailing from a top stable that adopts a patient approach with its fillies; will stay at least 1m.

KING’S LAND (b/br c New Approach – Kazzia) *****
Form: 3- Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to high-class 8-12f winner (including at Group 1 level in the UAE) Eastern Anthem, smart 8-9f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Zeitoper and 10f 3yo Listed winner Kailani, out of a 1000 Guineas/Oaks winner. His only outing at two saw him contest a traditionally-strong 1m maiden at Newmarket last September (6/1 joint-favourite), slowly into stride but pulling his way into midfield after a couple of furlongs, ridden two furlongs out and keeping on well for considerate handling to finish third behind Master The World (beaten 4¼ lengths). It was a hugely encouraging debut effort from this well-bred son of New Approach, very much in need of the experience and shaping as though a stiffer test of stamina was already required (will stay at least 10f); this colt has all the attributes, from pedigree to physique, to make up into a smart middle distance performer in 2014.

L’IMPORTANTE (b c New Approach – L’Indiscreta) ****
Form: 6- Trainer: Marco Botti Owner: Scuderia Rencanti Srl

First foal of an Italian multiple 6f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half sister to a handful of winners in Italy, notably the smart La Rispota and the prolific Qualcosa Di Piu. This colt debuted in a 6f maiden at Newmarket (July) last June (12/1 chance), running green towards the rear for the most part, shaken up two furlongs out and making eyecatching progress throughout the final furlong to finish sixth behind Jallota (beaten 4¼ lengths). The form of that race has proven itself to be strong, and this son of New Approach shaped as though one of the better prospects in the field, finding his stride in no uncertain manner once meeting the rising ground; sure to improve for both that experience and a stiffer test of stamina this term, likely to find 1m within reach.

LOVING HOME (b c Shamardal – Fallen In Love) *****
Form: 3- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Normandie Stud Ltd

First foal of a Group 2/Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner (stayed 1m 4f) who was a half sister to Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You and very useful 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) Fallen Idol out of a 1m Listed winner. Made a very good first impression when third of 11 to smart prospect Sea Defence in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last backend (8/1 chance), disputing the lead and travelling strongly for a long way, shaken up two furlongs out and headed not long after, fading inside the final furlong (beaten 11½ lengths). This colt matched strides with the winner for two-thirds of the race, the testing conditions appearing to find him out in the fitness department at the business end of matters (fared best of the newcomers on the day, which itself is praiseworthy); type to make significant improvement at three, when he should stay at least 1m.

MARAKOUSH (b c Danehill Dancer – Mouramara) *****
Form: 2- Trainer: John Oxx Owner: H H Aga Khan

Half brother to high-class Irish/Australian 1m-2m winner (including at Group 1 level) Mourayan, smart 9-14f winner (including at Listed level)/Melbourne Cup third Mourilyan and smart staying hurdler Mourad, out of a French 12.5f Group 2 winner. This well-bred colt debuted in a 1m maiden at the Curragh last October (15/8 market leader), recovering from a slow start to race close to the action and ridden to lead approaching the final furlong, challenged and headed not long after but keeping on well to come home 1½ lengths adrift of Century. It was an extremely promising first effort from this son of Danehill Dancer, overhauled fairly late on by one considered good enough to contest the Racing Post Trophy next time out (failed to give his running on bad ground there); smart middle distance prospect for the season ahead.

MELROSE ABBEY (ch f Selkirk – Villa Carlotta) ****
Form: 3- Trainer: Ralph Beckett Owner: Julian Richmond-Watson

Full sister to smart 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Ceilidh House and 10f 3yo winner Shela House and a half sister to dual 12f winner Villa Royale, 10f 3yo winner Villa Sonata and 1m 3yo Flat/very useful triple 2m hurdle winner Bothy, out of a smart 10-12f winner (including twice at Listed level). This nicely-bred filly made a pleasing start to her career when third of 12 to Torrid in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last October (well supported 3/1 chance), racing in midfield and pushed along three furlongs out, taking a long to time to fully realise what was required but staying on well throughout the final furlong (beaten 10½ lengths). From a good family that connections have enjoyed success with, it will only be when this filly tackles 10f+ that she’ll reveal her true potential; strength in the market prior to that debut run noteworthy, clearly well regarded by a handler that does well with his fillies.

MONOCEROS (b c Giant’s Causeway – Divine Proportions) *****
Form: 2– Trainer: Pascal Bary Owner: Niarchos Family

Full brother to smart French 6f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Eightfold Path and a half brother to French 1m 3yo winner Daivika, out of a top-class 5f-1m winner (including the French 1000 Guineas and Oaks). This beautifully-bred colt debuted in a 7f maiden on the polytrack at Chantilly last November (11/2 chance), racing in midfield on the outer and shaken up over a furlong out, making unrelenting progress for hands-and-heels riding throughout the final furlong to take second close home, beaten 2 lengths by Absalon. He fared much the best of those that raced off the pace, travelling comfortably and finishing off well under considerate handling (eased near the line); bred in the purple and very much the type to do better at three, when he ought to find 1m comfortably within his stamina range.

MUNAASER (b c New Approach – Safwa) *****
Form: 3- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Second foal of a 1m 3yo winning half sister to very smart middle distance performer Maraahel, Britannia Handicap winner Mostashaar and to the dam of connections’ smart miler Tazahum. This well-bred colt went off 6/4 market leader for his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Yarmouth last September, recovering from a tardy start to race close to the action, green and outpaced around two furlongs out but finishing with a flourish inside the final furlong, closing right up on the first two come the line (beaten 1¼ lengths). His lack of experience cost him dear in the end, caught out when things finally began to develop up ahead (modest tempo for the first five furlongs or so) but finishing off well for considerate enough handling; type to make considerable progress in his second season; will stay at least 1m.

MUNJAZ (ch c Sea The Stars – Qurrah) *****
Form: 32- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half brother to smart French 10-11f winner (including at Listed level) Qertaas out of a maiden half sister to 1000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters, Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner/Irish Derby runner-up Alexander Of Hales and other useful winners. Travelled well for a long way on debut when third to Pinzolo in a 1m maiden at Newmarket (July) last August, and he lost out by the narrowest of margins when runner-up to Moontime in a similar contest on the Rowley Mile course a couple of months later, unlikely to have been suited by the steadily-run nature of the race (also pushed left coming out of the stalls). The strength behind him in the market beforehand on both outings indicates the regard in which this colt is held, as did several big-race entries last autumn; bred for middle distances and from a late-maturing family, his best days are surely still ahead of him.

MUTAKAYYEF (ch c Sea The Stars – Infallible) *****
Form: 2- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Second foal of a Group 1-placed dual 7f winner (including at Group 3 level)/1000 Guineas fourth who was a full sister to dual 7f winner Thrill and closely related to 7f-1m 3yo winner Chilled out of a smart sprinter. This well-bred colt’s sole outing at two came in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last September (9/2 joint-favourite), travelling well towards the rear of the field and making headway well over a furlong out, slightly impeded not long after but keeping on nicely to take a 1½-length second behind Pretzel. It was a promising first run from this good-looking sort, finishing off well having taken a little while to hit full flow, not helped by another rival leaning into him as he delivered his challenge; will have no problem staying 1m (may even get 10f) and strikes as the type to make marked improvement in his second season.

NORAB (b c Galileo – Night Woman) ****
Form: 4- Trainer: Marco Botti Owner: Marc Keller

Closely related to dual German 11f Group 1 winner (including the German Oaks) Night Magic (by Sholokhov) and a half brother to German Group 2-placed 6f 2yo winner Night Of Dubai, out of a 10-11f winner. This 260,000 purchase shaped nicely on debut when fourth of nine to Love Tangle in a heavy-ground 1m maiden at Nottingham last November (7/2 joint-favourite), midfield and ridden over two furlongs out, proving very green off the bridle initially but finishing off strongly once getting the idea, closing right up on the principals at the finish (beaten 3½ lengths). He proved far too green to show what he was all about on debut, taking a while to find top stride but coming home powerfully once the penny began to drop; bred to be smart, he’s likely to excel over middle distances in 2014.

OBSERVATIONAL (ch c Galileo – Party) ****
Form: 2- Trainer: Roger Charlton Owner: Seasons Holidays

Closely related to useful 12-14f winner Party Line (by Montjeu) out of a very useful 6-7f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) who was a full sister to 7f 2yo AW winner Jummana. This nicely-bred colt debuted in a heavy-ground 1m maiden at Newbury last October (9/2 chance), close up and travelling comfortably off a slow gallop, ridden two furlongs out and leading briefly approaching the final furlong, headed soon after but keeping on well to finish just a neck down on Chatez at the line. It was a rather muddling affair, a moderate pace seeing a wave of runners holding some sort of chance around the two furlong marker, but this colt stuck to his task well to run one with previous experience close; open to considerable improvement over middle distances this term.

REDINHA (b f Dansili – So Squally) ***
Form: 54- Trainer: Clive Cox Owner: Peter Harris

Half sister to German Listed-placed maiden So Smart out of an unraced half sister to top-class middle distance performer Shirocco. This filly contested a pair of 7f fillies’ maiden at Newbury and Newmarket (July) last summer, racing close to the action both times but proving one paced at the business end of matters, finishing fourth behind Sound Reflection on the latter occasion (beaten 8¾ lengths). She offered a fair amount of promise for the future on both outings last year, travelling okay up to a point but ultimately shaping as though in need of a stiffer test of stamina; likely to prove a totally different proposition over 1m+ this season.

ROYAL ENCOUNTER (b c Royal Applause – Alhufoof) ***
Form: 9– Trainer: Ed Vaughan  Owner: Hamed Rashed Bin Ghadayer

Full brother to high-class 5-7f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Finjaan and 6f 3yo AW winner Fustaan and a half brother useful sprinter Sandfrankskipsgo, out of a 6f 2yo winner. This colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Lingfield last December (25/1 chance), slowly away and in rear but travelling better than most, shaken up over a furlong out and making encouraging late progress under considerate handling to finish ninth of 13 to Jalingo (beaten 7½ lengths). He was left poorly placed as things went, though the way in which he travelled off the pace caught the eye and suggested much better to come at some stage; speed-based pedigree suggests 7f may prove this colt’s limit.

SAAB ALMANAL (b c Dubawi – Caribbean Pearl) ****
Form: 2- Trainer: James Fanshawe Owner: Mohamed Obaida

Third foal of a 10-12f winner who was a half sister to smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Racer Forever and useful 6f 2yo winner Oman Sea out of a Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner. This colt’s only outing at two came in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last October (well fancied 9/2 chance), waited with in midfield and making progress from the three furlong marker, keeping on well inside the final furlong to draw clear of the remainder without ever proving a match for wide-margin winner Torrid (beaten 8 lengths). It was an encouraging debut effort from this well-related son of Dubawi, bumping into a decent sort that had the benefit of experience but still pulling clear of the remainder; type to improve considerably at three, when he ought to find 10f within range.

SALMON SUSHI (ch g Dalakhani – Salsa Steps) ***
Form: 95– Trainer: David Lanigan Owner: Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib

Full brother to Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner Spicy Dal out of a useful dual 6f winning daughter of Irish Oaks winner Dance Design. This good-looking gelding shaped with promise amidst greenness when ninth of 15 to Mitraad in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last September, and he again offered something to work on when fifth of 14 to Pretend in a 7f maiden at Kempton the following month, ridden over a furlong out and making eyecatching late progress (beaten 13 lengths). It’s clear that this son of Dalakhani is being brought along with handicaps in mind, as per his stable’s modus operandi, merely educated in a pair of maidens last autumn; will likely need 1m+ and a sound surface to be seen to maximum effect.

SHAMA (b f Danehill Dancer – Shamadara) *****
Form: 3– Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: The Queen

Full sister to Group 3-placed 12-15f winner (including at Listed level) Shamanova and a half sister to Italian 12f Group 1 winner Shamdala and French Group 2/3-placed 12f Listed winner Shamakiya, out of a French 12f 3yo Group 2 winner. This well-bred filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Kempton last November (6/1 chance), waited with in midfield and ridden two furlongs out, making headway approaching the final furlong and staying on well to take third behind Kind Invitation (beaten 2¾ lengths). This daughter of Danehill Dancer’s pedigree points to her doing a whole lot better once tackling middle distances, looking to find the one-mile trip on debut scarcely enough of a test; has plenty of about her physically and appeals as the type to improve markedly with racing.

SOUL BROTHER (b c Captain Rio – Goodwood March) ***
Form: 8- Trainer: Tim Easterby Owner: Charlie Stevens

Full brother to connections’ smart 5-6f winner (including at Listed level) Body And Soul and a half brother to Hong Kong 1m Group 1 winner Gold-Fun, out of a 6f 3yo winning half sister to Listed-placed duo Nice Tune and Play That Tune. This colt’s only outing at two came in a well-contested 5f maiden at York last June (not unfancied 11/2 chance), green towards the rear for the most part but beginning to get the idea approaching the final furlong, making some late progress to finish eighth of 10 to Reroute (beaten 8 lengths). He wasn’t seen again thereafter (withdrawn from a maiden back at York in July on account of a bruised foot), but there is no reason why this colt won’t be able to belatedly build on the promise of that debut effort when returning to action this term; will stay 6f.

SPIRIT RAISER (b f Invincible Spirit – Macadamia) ***
Form: 0– Trainer: James Fanshawe Owner: Lord Vestey

Closely related to useful 7f 2yo winner Kona Coast and dual 1m 3yo AW winner Roxelana (both by Oasis Dream) and a half sister to very useful 6f-1m winner (including the UAE 1000 Guineas) Lovely Pass, out of a Falmouth Stakes/Royal Hunt Cup winner. This nicely-bred filly looked in need of the experience when beating just one rival home in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Kempton last October (20/1 chance), slowly away and off the pace, green and outpaced as the tempo increased inside the final two furlongs (beaten 4½ lengths). She was essentially poorly placed in a steadily-run affair, her inexperience only serving to compound the issue, and this daughter of Invincible Spirit can only improve; will almost certainly stay 1m, though no further, judged on pedigree.

STETCHWORTH (ch c New Approach – Hallowed Park) ****
Form: 33- Trainer: Mark Johnston Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

Half brother to 6-7f winner Shamrocked out of a unraced close relation to French 1m 2yo winner/Derby runner-up Walk In The Park and Irish 1m 3yo Listed winner Soon out of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Classic Park. This well-related colt shaped with plenty of promise when finishing third in a pair of soft-ground 7f maidens at Newmarket last autumn, travelling well to a point on both occasions but ultimately found wanting for speed in the run to the line. He is a sizeable individual whose pedigree and physique alone point to him doing much better this time around, likely to find1m+ suitable in terms of stamina requirements; potential to make up into a useful performer.

STREETCAR TO STARS (b c Sea The Stars – Approach) *****
Form: 8- Trainer: John Oxx Owner: Christopher Tsui

Half brother to smart 7-10f winner (including at Group 2 level)/Irish Derby/St Leger runner-up Midas Touch and French 8-10f winner Arabescatta, out of a Grade 2-placed 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) from an excellent family. This 250,000gns purchase debuted in a soft-ground 7f maiden at Leopardstown last November (7/2 joint-favourite), midfield and showing signs of greenness at varying stages, hampered on the home bend and again approaching the final furlong, making some late progress to finish eighth of 14 to Blue Hussar (beaten 8 lengths). He’s unlikely to waste much time in showing himself better than that debut form, green and things not falling his way over a trip that was always going to be on the sharp side; considerable improvement expected over middle distances in 2014.

SWEEPING UP (b f Sea The Stars – Farfala) ****
Form: 23- Trainer: Hughie Morrison Owner: Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib

Half sister to smart 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Under The Rainbow, dual 12f 3yo winner/Park Hill runner-up Starfala and four other winners, out of a smart middle distance performer who was a half sister to very smart middle distance performers Alpine Rose, Fascinating Mix, Fracassant, Fragrant Mix and Fraloga. This well-bred filly contested a pair of 1m fillies’ maidens at Leicester and Nottingham in the second half of last season, travelling well on both occasions but finding the trip on the sharp side first time up before fading late when finishing third to Cambridge (beaten 5¾ lengths). It was a little disappointing that this daughter of Sea The Stars couldn’t build on a highly promising debut effort right away, but it was still a creditable effort in defeat and given she’s from an excellent middle distance family, the very best of this filly won’t be seen until tackling 10f+.

SWISS KISS (br f Dansili – Swiss Lake) ****
Form: 0- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Lordship Stud

Half sister to high-class 5-6f winners (including at Group 3/Listed level) Swiss Diva and Swiss Spirit, smart 5-6f winner (including thrice at Listed level) Swiss Dream, Group 2-placed dual 5f winner Swiss Franc and useful 6-7f winner Swiss Cross, out of a Group 2-placed triple 5f winner (including twice at Listed level). This well-bred filly looked in desperate need of the experience when 10th of 11 to Wedding Ring in a 6f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket (July) last June (13/2 chance), refusing to settle and paying the price at the business end of matters, weakening with well over a furlong left to run (beaten 7¼ lengths). She’s not been seen again since and has perhaps been given more time to mature, looking far from the finished article on debut; hails from a very successful family, most of whom improved with age, and there’s still time for this daughter of Dansili to come good.

TALL SHIP (b c Sea The Stars – Magical Romance) ****
Form: 76- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Lady Rothschild

Half brother to 6f-1m winner Modern Tutor, 10f 3yo winner Dean Swift and 7f 2yo AW winner Love Magic, out of a Cheveley Park Stakes winning close relation to dual Oaks heroine Alexandrova. This well-bred colt shaped with ample promise on debut in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last September, catching the eye with his finishing effort as he came home seventh of 15 to Mitraad (beaten 7¼ lengths). Not so good when a soundly-beaten sixth behind Baarez in a soft-ground 7f maiden at Haydock the following month (3/1 second-favourite), appearing unsuited by testing conditions, merely plugging on late; too soon to forget the promise of his debut effort, however, and likely he’ll be seen to much better effect back on a sounder surface; will stay at least 1m.

ZAMBEASY (b g Zamindar – Hanella) ****
Form: 76– Trainer: Philip Hide Owner: Heart Of The South Racing

Half brother to dual 6f winner Shamahan and 10-12f 3yo Flat winner/good juvenile hurdler Rutherglen, out of a 10-12f winning half sister to Listed-placed 7-10f winner Chiming. Shaped much better than the bare result on debut in a 7f auction maiden at Lingfield last June, slowly away and green in rear until making rapid progress on the outer at halfway to dispute the running briefly, weakening with fully two furlongs left to run (beaten 23 lengths). His only other outing last term saw him finish sixth of 10 to Festival Theatre in a 7f maiden at Kempton in August, travelling smoothly out in front until the two furlong marker, ridden and headed not long after, his rider accepting things inside the final furlong (beaten 10½ lengths). There ought to be a fair amount of improvement forthcoming from this gelding in 2014, shaping better than his finishing position on both outings to date suggest; could come good in a big way once moving into handicaps after one more run.

ZEE ZEELY (ch c Champs Elysees – Zee Zee Gee) *****
Form: 52- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Bernard Kantor

Second foal of an unraced half sister to very smart 9-10.5f winner (including twice at Group 1 level)/Oaks third Izzi Top and useful 8-11f winner Rock N Roll Ransom out of Prix de l’Opera winner Zee Zee Top. Caught the eye in a big way when finishing off strongly from an unpromising position (missed break) to take fifth in a 7f maiden at Lingfield first time out, and he confirmed the high promise of that debut effort in a similar event at Newmarket a couple of weeks later, taking a while to get organised but finishing off strongly inside the final furlong to run Idder to a nose. Inexperience prevented him from showing his true worth in a pair of decent maidens last backend, and that he was able to achieve as much as he did bodes extremely well for the future; marked improvement expected once his stamina is tested fully, likely to stay at least 10f.

ZILBER (b c High Chaparral – Zephyrine) ****
Form: 6- Trainer: Ed Dunlop Owner: Countess Wessex, Lady Derby & Mandy Koukash

Half brother to quirky but useful 10-12f Flat/2m hurdle winner Zuider Zee, Swedish Derby/Danish St Leger winner Zenato and Swedish Oaks winner Zegna, out of an unraced half sister to very smart middle distance performer Mutamam. This stoutly-bred colt shaped with some promise in a 7f maiden at Doncaster last October (12/1 chance), racing in midfield and pushed along well over two furlongs out, never really going the pace to challenge but sticking to the task well as came home sixth of 14 behind End Of Line (beaten 10 lengths). It’s not altogether surprising that he found seven furlongs on debut an insufficient test, his pedigree replete with stamina; will prove a different proposition once tackling middle distances this season.

HANDICAPS

ARAB DAWN (gr c Dalakhani – Victoire Celebre) *****
Form: 007– Trainer: Hughie Morrison Owner: Eason, Kerr-Dineen, Hughes, Edwards-Jones

Half brother to 6-7f 3yo winner Lionheart out of a maiden half sister to French 1m Group 2 winner Vetheuil and to the dams of Maids Causeway, Purple Moon and Vallee Enchantee. This colt shaped much better than the finishing position suggested on all three outings at two, travelling comfortably for a long way in 1m maidens at Sandown, Salisbury and Kempton and sympathetically handled once held on each occasion. He is open to significant improvement this term now qualified for handicaps, asked to race off an opening mark of 66 in that sphere; should stay further than 1m.

BEACH BAR (b g Azamour – Toasted Special) ***
Form: 051– Trainer: William Knight Owner: Peter Winkworth & Bex Seabrook

First foal of a triple 6f winner who was a half sister to Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Shuhrah out of a Group 3-placed 7f-1m winner. This gelding was unable to get competitive from a wide draw when 10th of 17 in a good 7f maiden at Glorious Goodwood last August, but he showed the benefit of that experience when fifth of 13 to Maverick Wave in a 7f maiden at Leicester the following month (not knocked about). He came good at the third time of asking when landing a 1m median auction maiden at Lingfield two months later, held up towards the rear of the field until making good progress over a furlong out, storming clear inside the final 50 yards to register a 2-length victory over Billy Blue. He progressed with each run last term and appeals as the type to do better still in handicaps at three, handed an opening mark of 80 for that sphere; shapes as though he’ll stay 10f.

BOLD LASS (b f Sea The Stars – My Branch) *****
Form: 14– Trainer: David Lanigan Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

Half sister to very smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 1 level) Tante Rose, 7f 2yo Listed winner Bay Tree and Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner Melodramatic, out of a 6-7f Listed winner/1000 Guineas third. This well-bred filly made an impressive winning debut in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Leicester last September (12/1 chance), tracking the leaders and shaken up over a furlong out, making headway entering the final furlong and quickening smartly to lead close home, seeing off Amaseena by a length. However, she could only finish fourth when 7/4 market leader for a 7f nursery at Kempton 15 days later, midfield and not settling fully in a steadily-run affair, ridden to challenge over a furlong out but unable to sustain her effort (beaten 3 lengths). She remains with potential for the season ahead, especially from a handicap mark of 76; bred to be smart, it would come as no surprise to see this daughter of Sea The Stars progress into a useful performer in 2014, when she will stay 1m.

DALAROSSO (b g Dalakhani – Jamboretta) ****
Form: 007– Trainer: Ed Dunlop Owner: The Hon Ronald Arculli & Robert Ng

Half brother to 7f 3yo winner Messila Star out of a useful 8-9f winning half sister to the very useful 5-7f winner (including at Listed level) Excusez Moi out of a half sister to brilliant producer Hasili. This gelding didn’t offer much encouragement in a pair of 1m maidens at Newmarket last autumn, but he revealed a fair bit more when seventh of 10 to Naadirr in a 7f maiden at Kempton on his third outing, waited with and not enjoying the clearest of runs approaching the final furlong, spared a hard race thereafter and finishing with something left to give (beaten 6¾ lengths). The step back in distance on that occasion would not have suited this son of Dalakhani, and there should be above-average improvement forthcoming in handicaps, from a mark of 70 initially; will want 1m+.

DONNCHA (br c Captain Marvelous – Seasonal Style) ****
Form: 631– Trainer: Robert Eddery Owner: David Bannon & Robert Eddery

Half brother to useful Irish triple 12f 3yo winner Rich Sense, Irish/US 6f-1m winner Perfect Casting and 10f 3yo winner Tropical Chic, out of an Irish/US 8-10f winner. This colt hinted at ability when sixth of 13 in a 7f auction maiden at Kempton on debut (keen, late headway) and went a long way to confirming that good first impression when third in a 1m maiden at Nottingham next time, travelling better than most but fading late on testing ground. He came good at the third time of asking when landing a 1m median auction maiden back at Kempton (even-money favourite), tracking the leader and challenging from the two furlong marker, edging left as he pressed on over a furlong out but always in control as he saw off Itsnowcato by a length. This son of Captain Marvelous improved with each run last term, sealing matters in good style last time despite not settling fully, and an opening mark of 76 looks workable where handicaps are concerned; ought to stay 10f.

EARLY MORNING (gr c New Approach – Summer’s Eve) ***
Form: 523- Trainer: Harry Dunlop Owner: Early Risers

First foal of a Group 3/Listed-placed 1m 1f 3yo winner who was a full sister to Ascot Gold Cup winner Papineau and a half sister to St Leger winner/Derby runner-up Silver Patriarch. This well-related colt caught the eye on debut when finishing fifth in a strong 1m maiden at Sandown last August, and he duly improved on that when second to Ensuring in a 7f maiden back there three weeks later (admittedly had the run of things). However, he failed to maintain his race-to-race progress when third to Miner’s Lamp in a heavy-ground 1m maiden back at Sandown the following month, travelling well but getting tired on the ground, fading inside the final furlong (beaten 10¼ lengths). This son of New Approach is bred to come into his own with time/distance, and he showed enough in three outings last term to suggest he’ll be capable of making his mark in handicap company from an opening mark of 77; will stay 10f+.

FESTIVAL THEATRE (ch c Danehill Dancer – Scottish Stage) *****
Form: 41– Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Ballymacoll Stud

Full brother to 1m 3yo Flat/2m hurdle winner Dumbarton and closely related to 12f 3yo winner Scottish Vespers (by Dylan Thomas), out of a smart 7-10f winner (including at Listed level)/Irish Oaks runner-up. Shaped promisingly on debut when a staying on fourth behind Truth Or Dare in a 7f maiden at Salisbury last July, and he showed benefit of that run when landing a similar contest at Kempton the following month (7/4 favourite), coming with a strong and sustained challenge throughout the final furlong to overhaul Intermedium close home, scoring by a neck. It bodes extremely well that this colt was able to prevail over seven furlongs as early as the August of his two-year-old campaign, bred as he is; wisely put after that maiden success, he ought to prove more than capable of making an impact in 10f+ handicaps from an initial mark of 85 this term.

GOTHIC (b c Danehill Dancer – Riberac) *****
Form: 61- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Highclere Thorougbred Racing – Petrushka

Half brother to smart 9-11f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Dordogne, Listed-placed triple 1m winner Montrachet and 14f 3yo Flat/useful dual 2m hurdle winner Cotillion, out of a triple 1m Listed winner. Shaped promisingly when sixth in a big-field 7f maiden at Newmarket on debut last September, and he put that experience to good use when making all to land a six-runner 1m maiden at Leicester the following month (4/11 market leader), dictating matters and shaken up two furlongs out, staying on well inside the final furlong to see off Alex My Boy by 2¼ lengths. This colt didn’t really achieve a great deal in form terms when scoring last time, but he won with a fair bit in hand and will likely rate a lot better than the bare form can communicate; bred to stay 1m+, he’s in good hands and seems sure to improve significantly this season.

HIGH MASTER (b c High Chaparral – Enchant) ****
Form: 655– Trainer: Richard Hannon  Owner: John Davis

Closely related to 12f-2m Flat/2m hurdle winner Gandalf (by Sadler’s Wells) and a half brother to very useful UK/UAE 7f-1m winner Polar Magic, out of a Listed-placed 7f 3yo winning half sister to smart 5-7f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/1000 Guineas third Dazzle and to the dams of Danehurst and Hooray. This colt shaped with promise on all three outings at two, catching the eye with the way in which he travelled in maidens at Goodwood (7f) and Salisbury (1m, heavy) and again offering encouragement when fifth of nine to My Target in a 7f maiden at Lingfield, making progress when short of room on the home bend but keeping on nicely inside the final furlong (beaten 5 lengths). He shaped as though there would be better to come somewhere down the line on all three outings last term, most probably in handicaps, for which he’s been handed an opening mark of 67; will stay further than 1m.

HOODED (b c Empire Maker – Yashmak) ****
Form: 71– Trainer: Roger Charlton Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Half brother to useful UK/Australian 7-10f winner Sound Of Nature and once-raced 1m 3yo winner Eyes Only, out of a high-class middle distance performer who was closely related to Dushyantor and a half sister to Commander In Chief, Deploy and Warning. This nicely-bred colt hinted at ability when seventh of 14 to Warrior Of Light in a 1m maiden at Kempton last November, and he put that experience to good use when making all to land a similar contest at Lingfield 16 days later (4/1 chance), ridden over a furlong out and staying on well to see off Billy Blue by 2¼ lengths. The runner-up and fifth won next time out (sixth and seventh both went close in defeat subsequently) to give the form some ballast, and this sizeable colt looks the sort to improve markedly over middle distances in his second season; has been handed a mark of 80 for handicaps.

IDDER (br c Authorized – Epiphany) ****
Form: 41- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar

Half brother to useful dual 6f AW winner Agerzam and 1m 3yo winner Zakiy, out of a 6f 2yo winner who was herself the daughter of a half sister to Irish 2000 Guineas winner Indian Haven, 1m Group 1 2yo winner Count Dubois and to the dam of high-class trio Hala Bek, High Pitched and Imperial Stride. Shaped well when fourth of 11 in a heavy-ground 1m maiden at Nottingham on debut and showed the benefit of that experience when landing a 7f maiden at Newmarket 16 days later, close up and ridden to challenge two furlongs out, responding well for pressure to lead close home and repel the late challenge of Zee Zeely, scoring by a nose. This colt was unsuited by the step back in distance last time, taking a while to find top stride but responding well for pressure; will do much better once the emphasis is back on stamina, likely to stay 10f, and an opening mark of 80 looks to underestimate him.

IDEA (gr c Mizzen Mast – Discuss) ****
Form: U1- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Half brother to French Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner Argumentative out of a Listed-placed 1m 3yo winning close relation to smart French 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Dance Dress. This colt unseated his rider coming out of stalls in a 7f maiden at Goodwood on debut, but there were no such problems when landing a 6f maiden at Windsor the following month, pushed along and making headway when short of room around two furlongs out, switched right approaching the final furlong and coming with a sustained challenge to lead close home. He seemed to find six furlongs a tad on the sharp side last time, and that he was able to win at all is to his credit, having had his momentum checked just inside the two furlong marker; above-average improvement expected once tackling 7f+, and an opening mark of 78 makes him an attractive proposition for handicaps this season.

INNOCENT TOUCH (bl g Intense Focus – Guajira) ***
Form: 445- Trainer: Richard Fahey Owner: Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart

Half brother to smart 5f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Gabrial and French 10-12f winner Beat The Wind, out of a French triple 10.5f winner who was a half sister to US 1m 1f Grade 2 winner Iron Deputy. This gelding caught the eye with his finishing effort when fourth of nine to L’Artiste in a 7.5f maiden at Beverley on debut, and he shaped in a similar fashion when staying on late in 1m maidens at Thirsk and Carlisle on his next two starts. His pedigree alone points to him making more of an impression this time around, shaping on all three outings last year as though in need of further than 1m; has been allocated what looks to be a workable mark of 67 for handicaps.

ISABELLA LIBERTY (b f Soldier Of Fortune – Samsa) ****
Form: 055– Trainer: Robert Eddery Owner: Edwin Phillips & Phil Matthews

Half sister to French 8-10f winner Duke Igor out of a French Listed-placed 7f-1m winning half sister to French Listed-placed 10f 3yo winner Lasting Applause. This filly clearly needed the experience when down the field in a well-contested 7f fillies’ maiden at Glorious Goodwood on debut last summer, and she caught the eye in a major way on her next two starts in 1m fillies’ maidens at Newbury and Kempton later in the year, dropped in and brought through late on both occasions (restrained into rear despite a bright start last time). She is bred to do better at three, merely educated in a trio of runs last season and obtaining a potentially very lenient mark of 67 in the process; should stay further than 1m (sire a stamina influence) and appeals as the type to come good in a big way in handicaps this term.

JORDAN PRINCESS (b f Cape Cross – Princess Nada) *****
Form: 81- Trainer: Luca Cumani Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Half sister to useful 10f 3yo winner Qewy out of a 10f 3yo Listed winner who was a half sister to top-class 2yo/miler Dubawi, Lancashire Oaks winner Emirates Queen and Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner Dubai Queen. Shaped better than the bare result when eighth of 13 to Psychometry in a good 7f fillies’ maiden at Kempton on debut, and she showed the benefit of that experience to land a heavy-ground 1m fillies’ maiden at Newcastle the following month, travelling much the best and asserting readily inside the final furlong to run out an easy 2¾ lengths winner from Empress Ali. She comes from a family that connections have enjoyed plenty of success with over the years, and, for all an opening mark of 79 may be too good for them to refuse the handicap route initially, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this filly develop into a pattern-class performer some day; will stay 10f.

MOLLASSES (b f Authorized – Muscovado) ***
Form: 080- Trainer: Jonathan Portman Owner: Mrs James Wigan

Half sister to the yard’s fairly useful dual 1m 3yo winner Monsieur Rieussec out of a maiden half sister to 8-11f winner Caster Sugar and 12f 3yo winner Sir Royal out of dual Yorkshire Oaks winner Only Royale. This filly hinted at better to come in a trio of well-contested fillies’ maidens at Ascot (7f) and on both Newmarket courses (7f/1m) last summer, noted as putting in some good late work first time up and travelling comfortably for a long way on her next two outings until left behind somewhat at the business end of matters. She has shaped on all three outings to date as though in need of a stiffer test of stamina, likely to stay at least 10f; an opening mark of 70 perhaps not as kind as connections would have hoped for, but she should prove competitive in handicaps this term nonetheless.

MOSCATO (gr g Hernando – Alba Stella) ****
Form: 000– Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott Owner: The Green Door Partnership

Half brother to fairly useful multiple 10-12f winner Aleatricis, 14f-2m winner All My Heart and Irish 12f 3yo winner All That Rules, out of a dual 12f 3yo winning half sister to dual Champion Stakes winner Alborada, German triple 12f Group 1 winner Albanova and several other useful performers. This well-bred gelding was typically too backward to show to best advantage in a trio of 1m maidens at Windsor, Nottingham and Kempton last October, in rear and never involved on his first two starts and struggling by halfway on his third/qualifying run. He comes from a stable with a well-established modus operandi, rushing backward types through maiden company in order to obtain a lowly mark for handicaps, with this gelding handed an official rating of 61; looks just the type to run up a sequence in that sphere once faced with 10f+.

NAADIRR (b c Oasis Dream – Beach Bunny) *****
Form: 91– Trainer: Marco Botti Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

First foal of a Group 1-placed 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to 6f 3yo winner Robinson Cruso. Too green to show a great deal in a 7f maiden at Newmarket on debut last September (late headway), he proved a totally different proposition when landing a 7f maiden at Kempton the following month (heavily supported 2/1 favourite), making all and travelling strongly, shaken up entering the final two furlongs and skipping clear to record an emphatic 2½ lengths victory over Mr Greenspan (third, fourth and sixth all winners next time out). It was a visually taking performance from this son of Oasis Dream, dispatching the opposition in the manner of a smart prospect and value for further than the winning margin, eased right up, having taken a good few lengths out of the field; highly likely an initial mark of 82 underestimates him by some considerable distance; will stay 1m.

OASIS FANTASY (br c Oasis Dream – Cara Fantasy) *****
Form: 41- Trainer: Ed Dunlop Owner: Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc & John Dunlop OBE

Closely related to 10f 3yo winner Invincible Cara (by Invincible Spirit) and a half brother to very smart 7f-1m winner (including twice at Group 3 level) Elusive Pimpernel, smart 8-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Palavicini and two other winners, out of a dual 12f 3yo winner from a very good family. Travelled nicely for a long way when fourth of 10 to Stagemanship in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last August, and he showed the benefit of that debut experience when landing an extended 1m maiden at Windsor a couple of months later, pushed along fully three furlongs out but running on strongly once finding his stride to get up close home and deny Throne Room by half a length. He seemed to find a steadily-run 1m barely enough of a test last time (will want middle distances), well on top at the finish having been off the bridle sooner than most; almost certain that an opening mark of 76 underplays his ability to a large extent, and considerable improvement can be expected from this colt in 2014.

PADDY’S ROCK (b c Whipper – Hedera) ***
Form: 646- Trainer: Ann Duffield Owner: Jimmy Kay

Half brother to French 11.5f Listed winner Ivy League, useful 8-10f winner Deia Sunrise, UK/UAE 9-10f winner Hunter’s Glen and three other winners, out of a 7f 2yo winner. This colt caught the eye on his first two outings in maidens at Pontefract (6f) and Newcastle (7f), travelling well and finishing off to good effect both times, but he proved disappointing back over the latter course and distance on what was his third run in less than three weeks, ridden and making no impression from the two furlong marker. His below par effort when last seen can probably be attributed to the fact it was his third run in quick succession, clearly rushed through maidens in order to gain a mark; has been handed an official rating of 60 and appeals as the type to do a lot better in 1m+ handicaps this term.

PENHILL (b g Mount Nelson – Serrendia) ***
Form: 650- Trainer: James Bethell Owner: Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing

Second foal of an unraced half sister to US 12f Grade 2 winner Herboriste, French 12f Listed winner/US Grade 1 runner-up Fast And Furious and French Listed-placed 7f 2yo winner Healing Music (later dam of Derby runner-up At First Sight). This gelding showed some promise in 7f maidens at Newcastle and Chester on his first two outings, travelling well to a point but one paced at the business end of matters both times (seemed to find the track too sharp second time out), but he failed to maintain his race-to-race progress when down the field in a 1m median auction at York almost two months later (well backed beforehand, weakened as though fitness was an issue). This son of Mount Nelson has plenty of size and scope, pointing to him doing much better this time around, particularly in handicaps from an opening mark of 67; bred to come into his own over middle distances.

PLACIDIA (b f Sea The Stars – Palmeraie) ****
Form: 0824– Trainer: David Lanigan Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

Half sister to several winners, notably very smart French 10-13f winner (including on four occasions at Group 2 level) Policy Maker, Lancashire Oaks winner Place Rouge, smart French stayer Pushkin and connections’ useful 9-10f 3yo winner Tinghir, out of a maiden half sister to the dam of Peintre Celebre. This well-bred filly proved uncompetitive in a pair of 7f fillies’ maidens at Ascot and Kempton last summer, but she offered a lot more when second to Lustrous at Salisbury and fourth behind Queen’s Prize at Kempton in similar events in September. It’s clear she already needs a stiffer test of stamina, never stronger than at the finish on her two most recent outings (tenderly handled last time); type to come good in a big way in 10f+ handicaps from an initial mark of 75.

PRETZEL (ch c New Approach – Foodbroker Fancy) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: Normandie Stud Ltd

Half brother to smart UK/US 7-12f winner (including at Grade 3/Listed level) Dalvina and 10f 3yo Listed winner Soft Centre, out of a Group 2-placed dual 10f 3yo Listed winner. This nicely-bred colt made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last September (5/1 chance), prominent and ridden to lead over a furlong out, asserting entering the final furlong and always holding off the challenge of Mutakayyef to score by half a length. It was a most promising start from this attractive colt, clued up to an extent but impressing with the way he went about things; appeals as the type to rise through the handicap ranks (will start out in that sphere from a mark of 83) and into pattern-class company eventually; will stay at least 10f.

RAINBOW ROCK (b c Rock Of Gibraltar – Celtic Fling) ****
Form: 695- Trainer: Mark Johnston Owner: Peter Savill

Half brother to very smart 8-12f winner (including at Group 1 level in Italy) Rainbow Peak and smart 7f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Celtic Heroine, out of a lightly-raced 1m 3yo winning close relation to Celtic Swing. This well-related colt shaped a lot better than the end result on a couple of occasions at two, finishing sixth behind Outstrip in a 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) early last summer before returning on the Rowley Mile course some three months later for a well-contested 1m maiden, fading only inside the final furlong having raced prominently. His most recent outing saw him finish fifth of six in a 1m maiden at Ayr, leading well over two furlongs out until headed approaching the final furlong, losing several places towards the finish (beaten 3½ lengths). His lack of finishing effort the last twice can be attributed to physical immaturity at this stage, perhaps not unsurprisingly for a late May foal; scope for above-average improvement in handicaps this year from an initial mark of 70; will stay 1m.

RAVEN RIDGE (b c High Chaparral – Green Castle) *****
Form: 31- Trainer: Michael Bell Owner: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar

Closely related to dual 14f Flat/bumper winner Fleur De Nuit (by Montjeu) and a half brother to very useful multiple 12f winner (including at Listed level) Ithoughtitwasover, Listed-placed 7f-1m winner Greenisland and fairly useful triple 10f 3yo winner Love Marmalade. This colt shaped well on debut when third of 11 to Pupil in a 1m maiden at Doncaster last September, and he showed the benefit of that experience when landing a 1m maiden at Newcastle the following month (10/11 favourite), improving smoothly soon after halfway and forging clear once given the office inside the final furlong, running out a commanding 4-length winner from Mayfield Boy. He looks the sort to do even better once presented with middle distances in his second season, with an opening mark of 85 appealing as very workable given his longer-term ambitions; everything is in place for this colt to climb the ranks in 2014.

SEQUESTER (ch f Selkirk – Al Theraab) ****
Form: 388– Trainer: David Lanigan Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

Half sister to several winners, notably 1m 2yo Group 2 winner/Racing Post Trophy runner-up Albert Hall, French 6f 2yo Listed winner Barsine, French Listed-placed 1m winner Ebdaa and multiple 6-9f winner Caldercruix. This filly caught the eye when a staying on third behind Token Of Love in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Leicester on debut, but she could only achieve eighth place finishes in a pair of fillies’ maidens at Kempton (7f/1m) on her next two outings, dropped out and very much looked after on the latter occasion. She is another from this stable likely to improve out of all recognition in handicaps this season, having been handed a potentially lenient mark of 65 for that sphere; expected to prove best at/around 1m.

SOVIET COURAGE (ch g Dutch Art – Place De Moscou) *****
Form: 552– Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Somerville Lodge Limited

First foal of a lightly-raced maiden who was closely related to French 1m 7f Listed winner Pretty Tough and a half sister to French 1m 2yo Listed winner Parisienne out of a daughter of top-class middle distance performer Pawneese. Shaped promisingly amidst greenness when a staying on fifth in a 6f maiden at Pontefract on debut, and he was again noted as doing good late work when fifth to Patentar in a 7f maiden at York next time, tapped-for-toe initially and not given an overly hard time (beaten 9½ lengths). He caught the eye in a major way on his final outing at two in a 7f maiden at Lingfield, travelling smoothly in behind the leaders and not asked for any kind of effort until entering the final furlong, staying on strongly to take second behind My Target (beaten 2½ lengths). His future lies in middle distance handicaps, shaping on all three outings last term as though a stiffer test of stamina was required; almost certain to make short work of an opening mark of 73.

THE THIRD MAN (b c Dalakhani – Spinning Queen) *****
Form: 1– Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Lady Rothschild

Half brother to smart 8-10f winner Trade Commissioner, very useful 11-12f winner (including at Listed level) Gallipot and 12f 3yo winner First Secretary, out of a Sun Chariot Stakes winner. This colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Lingfield last December (5/4 favourite), tracking the leaders and shaken up two furlongs out, making headway approaching the final furlong and staying on strongly to overhaul Clear Spell close home, scoring by ¾-length. The fact this son of Dalakhani was able to make a winning debut over 7f is praiseworthy, all the more so considering he was able to gather in a more experienced rival (who’d gained first run on him) for just hands-and-heels riding (has been allocated a mark of 77 for handicaps); pedigree strongly suggests the best of this colt won’t be seen until tackling 1m+ and is categorically one to follow in 2014.

TRINITY STAR (gr g Kheleyf – Zamiyla) ***
Form: 705- Trainer: Michael Dods Owner: John Cockcroft

Second foal of a 12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to Group 3-placed 12f 3yo Listed winner Zanughan and 1m 2yo winner Zand, family of the brilliant Zarkava. This gelding merely hinted at ability in maidens at Carlisle (6f) and Thirsk (7f) on his first two outings, but he very much caught the eye when fifth of nine in a 6f maiden at Newcastle on his third start, tanking along in behind the leaders and beginning to make progress when slightly hampered approaching the final furlong, not unduly punished thereafter (beaten 8¼ lengths). It’s likely this son of Kheleyf will prove a different proposition this term once faced with a stiffer test of stamina and embarking upon handicaps, for which he has been allocated a lowly mark of 59; will stay at least 1m.

WARRIOR OF LIGHT (b c High Chaparral – Strawberry Fledge) *****
Form: 61–  Trainer: David Lanigan  Owner: Niarchos Family

Second foal of a once-raced maiden sister to Oaks winner Light Shift and a half sister to very smart 9-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Shiva and 12f Group 2 winner Limnos. This 320,000gns purchase caught the eye when sixth of 11 to Marzocco in a 1m maiden at Kempton on debut last October, making a good forward move between the two and one furlong markers but unable to sustain his effort fully (beaten 5¼ lengths). He showed the benefit of that experience when landing a maiden over the same course and distance the following month (heavily backed 9/2 chance), tracking the leaders and ridden to challenge two furlongs out, producing a strong run to lead approaching the final furlong and staying on well to see off Rapid Advance by a length. The race has already produced a couple of subsequent winners, and the manner of this colt’s victory suggests he is destined for bigger and better things, though he ought to prove more than capable of making an impact in handicaps from a mark of 82 in the meantime; will want 10f+.

UNRACED

There are always those that fail to make it to the track at two for one reason or another. Listed below is a selection of well bred and/or highly regarded unraced three-year-olds worth noting for the season ahead.

John Gosden appears to be particularly well stocked with unraced three-year-old talent this term, and those to watch out for from the handler’s Clarehaven base in 2014 include: Eagle Top (13/2 ch c Pivotal – Gull Wing), a full brother to Park Hill winner/Oaks third The Lark out of a 14f Listed winning half sister to Sariska; George Herbert (20/2 b c Yeats – Colorado Dawn), the first foal of an unraced half sister to top-class performers Kayf Tara (stayer) and Opera House (middle distances); Mahsoob (30/1 b c Dansili – Mooakada), the first foal of a Listed-placed 1m 2yo winning great-granddaughter of Shadayid; and finally Saarrem (13/4 b c Dynaformer – Effectual), a $650,000 half brother to US Grade 1-placed 5f-1m winner Teen Pauline out of a US 6f Grade 3 winner.

Luca Cumani is another handler at Newmarket with several well-bred, unraced three-year-olds at his disposal for the forthcoming season, and three in particular to keep an eye on are: Cross Country (20/4 b c Cape Cross – Altruiste), a half brother to French 11.5f 3yo Listed winner Alpine Snow, French Listed-placed 11.5f 3yo winner Terrubi and 10-15f Flat/2m 2f hurdle winner Maxim Gorky, out of an unraced half sister to King’s Best and Urban Sea (dam of Galileo and Sea The Stars); Lunasea (11/4 b c Sea The Stars – Musical Treat), a 500,000gns half brother to English/Irish 1000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo, German 2000 Guineas winner Frozen Power and Listed-placed 7f 3yo winner Musical Bar; and Wistar (20/4 b c Dubawi – Vallota), a half brother to high-class sprinter Ialysos out of a half sister to the dams of smart duo Galaktea and Sea Star, family of Tromos, Tachypous, Tyrnavos etc.

As to be expected, Aidan O’Brien has a surfeit of well-bred, unraced three-year-old talent at his disposal, and a trio from Ballydoyle worth making a note of this year are: Annus Mirabilis (8/4 b c Montjeu – Love Me True), a three-parts brother to 2013 Derby winner/Champion Stakes third Ruler Of The World (by Galileo) and a half brother to top-class middle distance performer Duke Of Marmalade; Granddukeoftuscany (13/2 b c Galileo – Crystal Valkyrie), a three-parts brother to 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Above Average (by High Chaparral) and a half brother to 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Sent From Heaven; and Horseguardsparade (26/2 b c Montjeu – Honorlina), a 450,000gns second foal of a 1m 2yo winner who was a full sister to French 2000 Guineas winner Vahorimix, family of Val Royal.

There are several others from various stables worth noting: Lady Cecil’s Airfield (31/1 b f Dansili – Emplane), a full sister to high-class UK/US 8-10f winner (including at Grade 2/Group 3 level) Aviate, French 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Early March and useful but ill-fated dual 7f 2yo winner Wingwalker; the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Basem (17/4 b c Pivotal – Gonbarda), a full brother to Lockinge/Champion Stakes winner Farhh out of a German 12f Group 1 winner; David Elsworth’s Dashing Prince (4/2 b c Nayef – Dashiba), a half brother to high-class 8-12f winner (including the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks (twice)) Barshiba, useful 8-12f winner Dashing Star and 1m 2yo Listed winner Doctor Dash, out of a Listed-placed 9-10f winner; Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Edkhan (3/2 gr c Sea The Stars – Alpine Rose), a €1,200,000 first foal of a French 10f Group 1 winning sister to Fracassant, Fragrant Mix and Fraloga; and the Ralph Beckett-trained Evita Peron (4/2 ch f Pivotal – Entente Cordiale), a half sister to dual King’s Stand Stakes winner Equiano and useful 7f-1m winner Orfie.

The Roger Varian-trained Hadaatha (24/4 gr f Sea The Stars – Hathrah), a half sister to 10f-2m winner Itlaaq out of a 1m 3yo Listed winner/1000 Guineas third; Ed Dunlop’s Taqneen (6/4 b c Cape Cross – Badee’A), a half brother to smart multiple 7f-1m winner (including four times at Listed level) Dunelight and very useful 6-7f AW winner Leahurst, out of an unraced sister to French 1m Group 3 winner Mahboob; the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Tercel (24/1 b c Monsun – Kitty Hawk), the second foal of a Grade 3-placed 6f winning half sister to Italian 1m Listed winner Prianca, family of Danceabout, Jupiter Island, Myself etc.; Chris Wall’s The New Pharaoh (8/3 b c Montjeu – Out West), a full brother to Racing Post Trophy/Derby winner Motivator and Hardwicke Stakes winner Macarthur and a half brother to 10f Listed winner Imperial Star; and finally the William Haggas-trained Wonderstruck (26/4 b f Sea The Stars – Bordighera), a half sister to top-class 2yo/2000 Guineas winner George Washington, triple 10f Group 1 winner Grandera and very useful 10-14f winner (including twice at Listed level) Sun Central.

OLDER HORSES

31/1– ABSOLUTELY SO (Andrew Balding)
2- ARAB SPRING (Sir Michael Stoute)
511- BRASS RING (John Gosden)
7511- HAMELIN (Lady Cecil)
1– KINDU (Luca Cumani)
511- MARTIAN (William Haggas)
1/1- MIGHTY YAR (Lady Cecil)
1/13- MUTASHADED (Roger Varian)
011- RETIREMENT PLAN (Lady Cecil)
1/2- SIR WALTER SCOTT (Luca Cumani)

PATTERN PROSPECTS

21- BAAREZ (Roger Varian)
1- BALANSIYA (Dermot Weld)
1- EBANORAN (John Oxx)
21- ERTIJAAL (William Haggas)
11- GEOFFREY CHAUCER (Aidan O’Brien)
21- I’M YOURS (Dermot Weld)
1– LIGHTNING SPEAR (Ralph Beckett)
211- MY TITANIA (John Oxx)
1- PATENTAR (Marco Botti)
110- PINZOLO (Charlie Appleby)
512- POSTPONED (Luca Cumani)
1– QUEEN’S PRIZE (Sir Michael Stoute)
1- SEAGULL STAR (William Haggas)
51- SEA DEFENCE (Roger Charlton)
31- SCOTLAND (Andrew Balding)
1- SHAMKALA (Alain de Royer-Dupre)
1- SINNAMARY (Mikel Delzangles)
1- TAGHROODA (John Gosden)
21- TRUE STORY (Saeed Bin Suroor)
1– WESTERN HYMN (John Gosden)

MAIDENS

3- AL SENAD (Peter Chapple-Hyam)
0- ALMUHALAB (Charlie Hills)
3- ANGELIC AIR (John Gosden)
93- BATTERSEA (Roger Varian)
6- BOY IN THE BAR (David Barron)
06– BY JUPITER (Michael Bell)
6– CARNEVALE (Ralph Beckett)
5- COUNTRY DRIVE (Ed Dunlop)
7- CRAFTY EXIT (William Knight)
05– CURBYOURENTHUSIASM (David Simcock)
7- DANJEU (John Gosden)
4- ELUSIVE GUEST (George Margarson)
55– GANGES (James Toller)
8– HEHO (Sir Michael Stoute)
3- KING’S LAND (Saeed Bin Suroor)
6- L’IMPORTANTE (Marco Botti)
3- LOVING HOME (John Gosden)
2- MARAKOUSH (John Oxx)
3- MELROSE ABBEY (Ralph Beckett)
2– MONOCEROS (Pascal Bary)
3- MUNAASER (Sir Michael Stoute)
32- MUNJAZ (John Gosden)
2- MUTAKAYYEF (William Haggas)
4- NORAB (Marco Botti)
2- OBSERVATIONAL (Roger Charlton)
54- REDINHA (Clive Cox)
9– ROYAL ENCOUNTER (Ed Vaughan)
2- SAAB ALMANAL (James Fanshawe)
95– SALMON SUSHI (David Lanigan)
3– SHAMA  (Sir Michael Stoute)
8- SOUL BROTHER (Tim Easterby)
0– SPIRIT RAISER (James Fanshawe)
33- STETCHWORTH (Mark Johnston)
8- STREETCAR TO STARS (John Oxx)
23- SWEEPING UP (Hughie Morrison)
0- SWISS KISS (John Gosden)
76- TALL SHIP (Sir Michael Stoute)
76– ZAMBEASY (Philip Hide)
52- ZEE ZEELY (William Haggas)
6- ZILBER (Ed Dunlop)

HANDICAPS

007– ARAB DAWN (Hughie Morrison)
051– BEACH BAR (William Knight)
14– BOLD LASS (David Lanigan)
007– DALAROSSO (Ed Dunlop)
631– DONNCHA (Robert Eddery)
523- EARLY MORNING (Harry Dunlop)
41– FESTIVAL THEATRE (Sir Michael Stoute)
61- GOTHIC (Sir Michael Stoute)
655– HIGH MASTER (Richard Hannon)
71– HOODED (Roger Charlton)
41- IDDER (Roger Varian)
U1- IDEA (Sir Michael Stoute)
455- INNOCENT TOUCH (Richard Fahey)
055– ISABELLA LIBERTY (Robert Eddery)
81- JORDAN PRINCESS (Luca Cumani)
080- MOLLASSES (Jonathan Portman)
000– MOSCATO (Sir Mark Prescott)
91– NAADIRR (Marco Botti)
41- OASIS FANTASY (Ed Dunlop)
646- PADDY’S ROCK (Ann Duffield)
650- PENHILL (James Bethell)
0824– PLACIDIA (David Lanigan)
1- PRETZEL (Roger Varian)
695- RAINBOW ROCK (Mark Johnston)
31- RAVEN RIDGE (Michael Bell)
388– SEQUESTER (David Lanigan)
552– SOVIET COURAGE (William Haggas)
1– THE THIRD MAN (John Gosden)
705- TRINITY STAR (Michael Dods)
61– WARRIOR OF LIGHT (David Lanigan)

UNRACED

AIRFIELD (Lady Cecil)
ANNUS MIRABILIS (Aidan O’Brien)
BASEM (Saeed Bin Suroor)
CROSS COUNTRY (Luca Cumani)
DASHING PRINCE (David Elsworth)
EAGLE TOP (John Gosden)
EDKHAN (Alain de Royer-Dupre)
EVITA PERON (Ralph Beckett)
GEORGE HERBERT (John Gosden)
GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (Aidan O’Brien)
HADAATHA (Roger Varian)
HORSEGUARDSPARADE (Aidan O’Brien)
LUNASEA (Luca Cumani)
MAHSOOB (John Gosden)
SAARREM (John Gosden)
TAQNEEN (Ed Dunlop)
TERCEL (Sir Michael Stoute)
THE NEW PHARAOH (Chris Wall)
WISTAR (Luca Cumani)
WONDERSTRUCK (William Haggas)

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

20 Comments

  1. Not a complete list of the 2yos that are actually in Clarehaven at this moment in time, no.

    He does look to have another incredibly well bred bunch to go to war with this year, as to be expected.

  2. Surely he’ll be getting the Dansili – Zenda filly!

    If I happen to find anything out, I’ll let you know, though rather suspect you will be in the know before me.

  3. I’m not, but I have just had a look at your page. Very, very impressive.

    Good to see you are a fan of both Idea and Sea Defence.

  4. That’s a shame. If you where then I would have had a proposition for you.

    If you go into the ‘Notes’ section you see which trainer has been sent which 2yo’s, to the best of my knowledge.

    Yes, I like both of them.

    • I have added a new option which appears at the end of each post, you will see a ‘Print/PDF’ button which when clicked gives you a clean copy to Print, save as PDF or Email.

      It removes all the other aspects of the site so you just get the post information.

      Hope this helps.

    • My Titania in the 1000 Guineas would be my fancy at the moment. No firm opinion on the 2000 yet. Appreciate the feedback.

  5. i just copy/ paste to Doc on my pc rather than print. i add to it whenever i see anything worthwhile run or write up’s of interest then check the 5 day entries to see if i have any runners. i also study previous meetings since 2000 to see which trainers/ owners target which type of race, Ty for this, much appreciated and i will be joining ur fb page Matt 🙂

  6. Hi Aiden. I was impressed with your NH list to follow, picking out more of that, and o fairlon’s amongst others. I was at Nottingham when the Hills filly CAMBRIDGE made her debut, and was most impressed, beating some nice types from Stoute, Beckett & Gosden. Any thoughts on how she is likely to progress particularly in relation to the OAKS. I don’t see any group 1 winners from the Rail link family…could that change here, or is she likely to be a slow stayer?

    • Cambridge visually very impressive at Nottingham, but I think your reservations about Rail Link are valid re longer term prospects. I have included his Brass Ring on this list, and I hope he can provide his sire with a genuine high-class performer at the very least. His handicap mark of 90 looks very winnable given the achievements of those in behind him last time.

      Regarding Cambridge’s stamina requirements, you would expect her to stay quite well given she is by an Arc winner and out of a Cheshire Oaks winning half sister to Bangalore. Dux Scholar, her half brother, is by Oasis Dream, hence his ability to have the speed for sprinting.

  7. Hi there everyone I hope you are all looking forward to the 2014 flat season
    I would like to put up to horses for the 1000 gns 2000 gns as far as two yr olds go I have not seen a more impressive 2 yr old then Toormore in a very long time. My advice is lump on now at 8/1 with most bookies for the 1000. The second horse which
    Expect to win the 2000 gns is RIzeena trained by Clive Britten you can still get 10/1 with most firms both hores have outstanding chances of winning 10 points win on each plus a 10 point each way double

    • Best of luck, Reg. A couple of solid selections, though I am hoping the potential of My Titania wins out in the 1000 Guineas.

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